Kirby Smart joined 1010XL Radio in Jacksonville from SEC Media Days in Atlanta to discuss many topics, starting with the great run his team made in 2017.
“It was a good run and we had great leaders and great kids,” Smart told 1010XL. “This new group is also exciting to me and I’m going to find out a lot more about them in the next two months.”
Many Georgia fans turned out to see Smart and his players in Atlanta on Tuesday, but that wasn’t a surprise for Smart.
“They love it and they always have and I always told people it was a sleeping giant, hopefully we are going to try and awaken it with some more years and hopefully some more championships,” Smart said. “I think it’s big that we are at home, here doing this event because so much of the SEC runs through the heart of Atlanta, which is our home base.”
Smart was asked if he was surprised that in just his second year in Athens, he led Georgia to the national championship game.
“You know, I don’t know that you can put a time line on that,” he said. “My expectation is very simple, to get the most out of what we got and win every football game because we feel like we have superior talent and we can recruit at a really high level.
“We are going to have years that we do better than others. I think the quarterback position is a big play in that because I think it is really a quarterback driven game. If you got a quarterback than you got a chance.
“We expect to win every game, so I don’t get into how fast, or how long it takes, I’m about sustaining performance and making sure that we can keep doing that.”
What about his quarterback Jake Fromm makes him such a cool customer under pressure at such a young age?
“Biggest thing about him is no moment is too big for him,” Smart said. “He’s very relaxed, I mean here is a kid that played in the Little League World Series growing up. He then goes on to play big time high school football. No moment was too big for him. He just handles pressure well.”
Georgia got over the Florida hurdle in 2017 in Jacksonville and Smart says that was big for the Georgia fan base.
“I think our fan base was so hungry for that one because of so much frustration they have had down there,” he said. “To come in and put it together and play really well, it was good for our team and it was a confidence builder.”
Smart has made the point to his players this offseason that the success they enjoyed in 2017 means nothing as they enter 2018.
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